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Pick Your Winner Between 2020 Corolla Hatchback SE Nightshade and SE Trims

Pictures may settle this debate as we compare 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE against its new trim-mate SE Nightshade Edition. What one are you most interested in?


There is a new kid in the Corolla world and its name is Nightshade. With new blacked-out wheels and accents, the 2020 Corolla Hatchback offers up a cool addition to the growing Toyota Nightshade lineup. It joins the 4Runner, Sienna, Camry, and all-new Corolla sedan as Nightshade participants.

2020 Corolla Hatchback SE Nightshade accents its cars nicely

The name Nightshade in the Toyota world means a healthy dose of gloss black accents that provides a sporty statement-making alternative to traditional model trim levels. The same goes for 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Nightshade Edition Midnight Black profile view

The first thing you might notice when initially looking at 2020 Corolla Hatchback SE Nightshade Edition are the larger 18-inch glossy black alloy wheels. This offers a stark contrast to the standard 2020 Hatchback SE, which comes with 16-inch silver alloy wheels.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Nightshade Edition Midnight Black back end

Other glossy exterior highlights on Nightshade are black front lower grille surround, rear spoiler, and side mirror caps. Also expect black dual rear diffusers with surround and, of course, black Toyota emblems and model badging.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Nightshade Edition interior blackYou might prefer 2020 Corolla Hatchback SE instead

When it comes to comparing the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs Corolla SE Nightshade Edition keep in mind the vibe. Although SE Nightshade carries with it a completely different vibe than SE, it still remains the same as far as powertrain, driving experience and interior styling with features.

The 2020 Corolla Hatchback is powered by a 2.0-liter dynamic force 4-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. torque. This is matched with either a dynamic shift continuously variable transmission or a 6-speed intelligent manual transmission. It also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Midnight Black profile view

As opposed to glossy black accents, 2020 Corolla Hatchback SE has traditional chrome badging and chrome rear diffusers, along with a dark gray grille surround. Plan on color-keyed side mirror caps and door handles as well.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Midnight Black back endRELATED STORY: How to pick between Corolla sedan and Hatchback

For those entertainment and application enthusiasts, all Corolla Hatchbacks have you covered. Large 8-inch multimedia touch screens allow you to use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM and Amazon Alexa functions.

Available 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade colors

Three different color choices await potential buyers. You can pick from Super White, Classic Silver Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic. Mixed with glossy black, of course.

YOU MAY ENJOY: Compare SE Nightshade vs SE in my video review.

Time for your thoughts on 2020 Corolla Hatchback

After seeing pictures of Corolla Hatchback SE versus SE Nightshade, what one do you prefer? Are you a fan of Toyota Nightshade?

Also, would you rather have a Toyota Nightshade 4Runner, Corolla sedan, Corolla Hatchback, Sienna or Camry? What other Toyota model would you like to see develop a Nightshade?

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Digitaldoc (not verified)    January 8, 2020 - 5:04PM

Not a big fan of the nightshade version. For the money, it does not really offer more than an appearance package, and would rather get the XSE with the digital dash.